The Jakarta Post
The Office of Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister (Kemenko PMK) is currently organizing a service expedition – locally known as ekspedisi bhakti PMK – to Indonesia’s eastern islands to help accelerate development in the area.
The expedition seeks to fulfill the promises made by President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo to turn Indonesia’s eastern islands into the nation’s future spearheads of development.
According to Kemenko PMK expert Sonny Harry B, those joining the expedition were traveling by ship, true to Indonesia’s identity as a maritime country.
“So far, we have just reached Muna Island in Southeast Sulawesi, before heading to Southeast Maluku, as well as to Dobo regency in the Aru Islands in Maluku and Agats regency in Papua before concluding the expedition in Merauke, Papua,” he explained upon arriving in the Muna Island on Oct. 10.
During the service expedition, Kemenko PMK staff members will provide assistance to local residents. Aside from conducting the charity program, staff members will also take time to assess the physical infrastructure development and environmental conditions of the areas they visit to devise an effective and efficient development plan.
According to Muna Regent L.M. Rusman Emba, the service expeditions also served as a good platform for the local administration to build and maintain communication with the central government.
“We need to keep our communication lines open in our efforts to develop Muna regency,” he said, adding that he was grateful the central government had paid attention to the area’s development by sending their representatives there.
“I hope this will be the beginning of Muna regency’s progress and boost our mission to develop the regency into a more advanced region,” he added.
The regent said that Muna residents were able to maintain stability and religious tolerance among themselves, resulting in a peaceful life.